II Kings 20:1
One of the most exciting times in a church’s life is when God’s people are building a building. For nearly 30 consecutive years, our church was in the process of building buildings (now we have embarked upon remodeling those buildings).
Another exciting time in the life of a church is when it begins to pay off indebtedness. I know this does not sound very exciting, but I am happy to report that I pastor a church that has learned the joy of rising to this challenge. For so many years, we were excited about building buildings (we will continue to build and purchase buildings in the future if the Lord tarries); now we are learning the joy of setting our house in order and paying off the mortgage on all of our properties. It has been wonderful to watch God’s people rise up to such a challenge.
In addition to the church challenge, I have witnessed our people doing the same with their homes and with their personal finances. People are now seeking to save money to purchase a vehicle by cash or are making double payments if they choose to finance a vehicle. I have witnessed most of the people in our church paying an extra amount on their mortgage payments each month. Needless to say, this is vitally important in the life of an individual, a family, a home, and a church.
My challenge for today is that each one of us will set our houses in order and consider paying off any indebtedness we might have at this time. Have a wonderful day. God bless you.
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Pastor Trieber has served as the pastor of the North Valley Baptist Church since March of 1976. He is also the President of Golden State Baptist College.